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Music Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time  

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List Rules Greatest individual players, not groups. Includes players in many genres, past and present.

This is a list of the world's greatest players of the diatonic or chromatic harmonica.

1
356 105
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Alan Wilson Blues-rock, Blues

2
218 329
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Little Walter Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
207 394
John Popper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
JohnDoe3 added John Popper Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Jam band

4
146 317
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson II Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

5
120 330
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Toots Thielemans Jazz blues, Jazz

6
104 299
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
James Cotton Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

7
103 315
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

8
107 335
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

9
92 308
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Paul Butterfield Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

10
90 305
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Terry Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
87 311
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie Musselwhite Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

12
86 315
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

13
84 307
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

14
79 309
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Howard Levy Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

15
68 285
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

16
69 315
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kim Wilson Blues

17
59 303
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie McCoy Country

18
55 290
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added Jason Ricci

19
47 292
Richard Salwitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Richard Salwitz Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

20
46 293
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carey Bell Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

21
45 293
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Slim Harpo Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

22
46 302
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

23
45 298
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

24
43 285
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carlos del Junco Jazz, Blues

25
39 297
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Lee Oskar Rock music, Jazz, Blues

26
36 297
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Buddy Greene Christian music

27
36 299
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Mayall Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

28
33 275
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Adam Gussow Blues, Funk

29
34 293
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

30
33 286
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
DeFord Bailey Country

31
30 308
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

32
7 95
Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Daren Rathbun added Huey Lewis Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

33
21 269
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

34
21 269
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

35
19 246
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Cham-bar Huang Cham-bar Huang was a New-York-based classical harmonicist and noted teacher.

36
19 255
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

37
16 221
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

38
16 229
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues

39
13 190
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ingrid Salt added Steven Tyler

40
15 233
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

41
14 219
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

42
13 205
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Paul deLay Blues

43
11 178
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

44
8 136
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

45
8 137
Stan Harper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stan Harper Stan Harper was an American classical harmonicist.

46
10 171
Sigmund Groven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sigmund Groven Folk music, Classical music - Sigmund Groven is a Norwegian classical harmonicist.

47
6 107
Claude Garden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Claude Garden Claude Garden (Claude Jardin) was a Montreal classical harmonicist.

48
8 139
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

49
7 123
Noah Lewis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Noah Lewis

50
7 123
Susan Sauter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Susan Sauter Susan Sauter is a German classical harmonicist